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Message to the Annual Safety Congress of the National Safety Council.

October 12, 1931

[Released October 12, 1931. Dated September 24, 1931]

My dear Mr. Bergquist:

Although substantial progress has been made in diminishing industrial accident rates, one cannot complacently contemplate the fact that there are still 99,000 accidental deaths a year in the United States as well as a vast number of injuries. There is clearly a tremendous field still for organized efforts to promote accident prevention, especially in the home and on the highways, and to a considerable extent in industry, in spite of a decrease of one-third in industrial accidents in the past two decades. The fact that there are 33,000 motor vehicle deaths annually in the United States is a challenge to the efforts of safety organizations and the cooperation of every motor-vehicle operator. The National Safety Council renders a conspicuously important service in promoting safety measures. Please present to its members gathered for the annual Safety Congress in Chicago my congratulations on their achievements. I trust that the meeting may be conducive to still greater effort to safeguard human life and property.

Yours faithfully,


[Mr. C. W. Bergquist, President, National Safety Council, Chicago, Ill.]

Note: The message was read to the 20th annual congress, meeting in the Hotel Stevens in Chicago, Ill.

Herbert Hoover, Message to the Annual Safety Congress of the National Safety Council. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/207913

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